Gorbachev Gunman Runs for Office
MOSCOW (AP) _ A man who tried to gun down Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Red Square in 1990 is running for a seat in Russia’s parliament, a Russian news agency reported Tuesday.
Alexander Shmonov, 47, registered to run in a St. Petersburg district for a seat in the lower house of parliament, ITAR-Tass reported. He faces 15 opponents in the Dec. 19 vote, including the incumbent.
On Nov. 7, 1990, Shmonov fired a sawed-off shotgun at Gorbachev during a Revolution Day parade on Red Square. No one was hurt in the attack, and Shmonov was arrested.
After a month in Lefortovo Prison, he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital and held until his release in 1995.
Shmonov said he blamed Gorbachev for the deaths of civilians in unrest in the Soviet republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan in 1989 and 1990.